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Your Bowels

Your normal bowel habits should return shortly after delivery. You may find yourself “holding back” from having a bowel movement due to a fear of pain from your episiotomy or hemorrhoids. This may lead to constipation.

Suggestions:
Gently support your stitches with toilet tissue to help relieve the fear of tearing and hurting yourself while straining 
It is important to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid a day, water is particularly helpful 
Your diet should include foods that are high in fiber, such as bran, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains 
Walking helps your bowels return to normal 
Talk to your doctor about stool softeners and laxatives


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